Eye and the COVID-19


  • Raj Kumar Department of Optometry, Chandigarh University, NH-95 Chandigarh-Ludhiana highway, Mohali, Punjab-140413, India




COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Pink eye, Optometry/Ophthalmic practice, Health care professional, Tear droplet


Unusual appearances of COVID-19 (2019 novel corona virus) infected persons. The early epicenter of the pandemic, Wuhan, China has obtained medical and scientific information and knowledge in response to the infection of COVID-19. On thirteen case series and nine case-based reports, I want to put five significant facts of ophthalmic indicators of COVID-19 infected persons, hopefully, to deliver the fresh view as well as a wider perspective of COVID-19 infection.


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How to Cite

Kumar R. Eye and the COVID-19. J. Multidiscip. Res. Healthcare [Internet]. 2021Jan.29 [cited 2023Sep.22];7(1):49-61. Available from: https://jmrh.chitkara.edu.in/index.php/jmrh/article/view/116